Russian fisheries and aquaculture knowledge shared with UNIDO-led delegation from Ethiopia

Russian fisheries and aquaculture knowledge shared with UNIDO-led delegation from Ethiopia

ASTRAKHAN, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, 3 October 2019 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of the Russian Federation organized a 10-day study tour in Astrakhan, Russian Federation, for a delegation of Ethiopian line government institutions and private sector.

The study tour, co-organized and hosted by the UNIDO partner - the Astrakhan State Technical University,  aimed to transfer knowledge and best practices in the management of fisheries, the production of fish feed and aquaculture technology from leading Russian technical institutes and sector-relevant enterprises and manufacturers, which followed a twofold approach with classroom lectures followed by discussions and onsite plant and enterprise visits. “The group of Ethiopian experts are given tailored methodologies and training manuals ready to be disseminated and applied on sites on Lake Tana”, said Senior UNIDO Fisheries, Business and Investment Promotion expert Anatoly Grigoriev.

The study tour allowed the Ethiopian experts to visit, inter alia, the Astrakhan State Technical University, the Bio-Aquapark, the laboratory “Food Technologies”, a net-weaving factory, the sturgeon-breeding enterprise "BIOS", as well as pond and cage farming companies leading the fisheries and aquaculture sector on the Caspian Sea.

“The study tour offered classroom lectures in the Astrakhan State Technical University as well as practical trainings through site visits to Astrakhan’s leading fishery and aquaculture enterprises”, said Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry representative Tesfaye Worku Woyessa. “This experience is strengthening Ethio-Russian partnership on a new level and I hope the cooperation between the two countries will continue to expand in the future”.

The initiative is part of the UNIDO Agro-Business Development Department project ‘Technical and Institutional Capacity Building for increase in the production, development and sustainable management of the aquaculture and fisheries value chains in Ethiopia’, which is funded by the Russian Federation from its voluntary contribution to the UNIDO Industrial Development Fund, as an integral part of the UNIDO Partnership for Country Programme (PCP) in Ethiopia.

Among the main goals of the four-year project is the establishment of a Centre for Fishing and Aquaculture Development on Lake Tana, Ethiopia. Ultimately, the project aims to develop institutional support and training capacity to promote sustainable and inclusive economic diversification, efficient fisheries and aquaculture value chains and food security, as well as to contribute to environmental resource preservation and management.

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For more information contact:

Juliet Kabege

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Food Systems and Nutrition Division

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Galina Mikhaylova

Project Associate

UNIDO Food Systems and Nutrition Division

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